Ashley Taube

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  • Another Tampa Trip in the Books

    I feel pretty good. Honest.  I have the most energy that I have had in probably over a year…if not more.  My back pain is gone unless I decide to sit in a terribly uncomfortable chair for any length of time (which everyone probably has this scenario, so I’m not special).  I am feeling stronger thanks to the 100 chaturangas I’m doing each week.  Chatu-what-a?!  It’s a yoga term for basically doing a slow and controlled tricep pushup.  I’m able to stand for more than 30 seconds without feeling uncomfortable, and overall my mental and physical […]

  • Extraordinary vs. Extra Ordinary

    Recently, I was in bed reading trying to leave the TV off in hopes of making me sleepy vs. wanting to stay up and watch 5 episodes of House Hunters (because I already finished all 6 seasons of Sex and the City).  I was reading Jen Hatmaker’s Of Mess and Moxie, and if you haven’t read a Jen Hatmaker book, then, ladies, you should.  I would personally skip her book called SEVEN because there is no possible way I could limit myself to only 7 items of clothing for any length of time.  I’m pretty confident I […]

  • Yoga is my AED

    I have felt extra emotional lately, and frankly I don’t like it.  I like to think that I have not always been emotional, but Mike begs to differ. I’m not the girl who cries at movies or commercials, but I feel that the tides are turning as I’m getting older. This is not really my ideal situation, but I suppose I need to just accept it and move on with it.   I had two moments lately that made me start putting my emotions in check, and I realized in one situation I was fine with crying […]

  • Sex and the City

    June 6th is an important date for 2 reasons…1- it is my wedding anniversary, and ironically enough, 2- it is the day that Sex and the City season 1 aired.  This glorious show started in 1998 (11 years before I got married), and I remember watching it.  I watched it when it actually came on…like 9pm on Saturday night…as in there were no DVRs or TiVo to record it for you.  In extreme emergencies, I would set the VCR to record an episode if I could not make it in front of the TV to […]

  • Back Pain Update

    Another Tampa trip is in the books.  This trip was to get a nerve block to help relieve me of my back pain.  We flew down on Wednesday evening to have the procedure on Thursday morning.  I was expecting an easy procedure but started feeling some major anxiety as the time got closer.  You see, every time I have come out of anesthesia I have had a worse and worse experience.  Mainly 2 things occur…I have to go to the bathroom like something awful but can’t manage to use a bed pan, and I get […]

  • New Product Alert!

    Okay, ladies…men, you will not care anything about this post, so see ya later!  I need a break from depressing medical talk, so let’s talk makeup.  Ladies, I have found a new product that I am smitten with.  You can find this new brand at Target, and it is called Sleek MakeUP.  I found this brand because sometimes I will order a Target Beauty Box, which is another item you should be checking out sometime soon.  The Beauty Boxes are $7 online, and if you have your Target REDcard then you get free shipping and […]

  • Tampa Update

    We are back from Tampa and have been for several days…I just haven’t been able to get my thoughts on my keyboard because I’ve had distractions.  I just saw a post on Facebook that referenced how mothers struggle to get things done because when they start a task, it gets interrupted by “Mommy, I have to go to the bathroom,” and then you refocus by finding something that needs putting away.  Then when that is put away, you remember that you haven’t sent that email that you were supposed to, and then you try to […]

  • Anticipation

    While the Super Bowl is always an event worth watching in our house, this year I have no investment.  I don’t have a preference on who I want to win.  I do feel that the Patriots may be the NFL equivalent of Alabama in NCAA; many people are tired of the Patriots winning similar to how they are tired of Alabama.  When you are good, you are good.  It’s as simple as that.  In other news, I go to Tampa this week to find out my fate for the next round of treatment.  People often […]

  • How Do I Say This Nicely…

    This is going to offend some people, which I would like to point out is NOT my goal.  If I had it my way, then everyone would laugh, think I’m hilarious, and walk away with a little piece of helpful knowledge on what to say to people fighting cancer.   Look- I KNOW, like I 100% KNOW that people are just being nice.  They just want to help!  All they want to do is help me and make me feel better and give me some little tidbit of information that might, just MIGHT be the […]

  • Better Late Than Never

    Remember the last time I posted (in October), and I said, “I’m going to try and update you more often?”  Apparently, I lied.  Here we are in early 2018, and I am just now sitting down to type an update.  I have not felt like writing because I still don’t feel well.  I conquered 3 weeks of radiation and was set to return to Tampa in mid-December to discuss the results of radiation, and that is when we discovered that the tumors did not shrink.  They didn’t grow or spread, so that was good; they […]

  • Let’s Be Honest

    I’ve been quiet on my blog.  The truth is that I haven’t felt great, and I kinda grew up on the concept of “if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say nothin’ at all,” (thanks Thumper).  I want to be real; but I don’t want to be a drag.  This summer I felt like a drag.  All I had to say was, “I’m thankful I get to stay home next year,” and “I don’t feel real amazing.”  That got old to think about, so I assumed my friends who would read it […]

  • Hair Advice from a non-hairdresser!

    Since I am in the not fun part of my chemo round, I figured I would post something that made me happy…how to have a good hair day.  If you have hair (sorry, Mike) then this may help you get the long curls that you wanted and have them actually stay curled.  I have been wanting my hair to grow ever since Mike proposed to me in 2008, and my hair just grows painfully slowly.  A friend of mine did share with me that her hair has grown as long as a mermaid’s because she […]

  • Summer Bucket List

    Summer Bucket List 1. Go to the pool. 2. See Cars 3 and Despicable Me 3 3. Go to the zoo. 4. Get rid of neuroendocrine tumors in my liver. 5. Go to the aquarium. You know, just a typical bucket list for the summer to make sure we do all the fun things we want to before school sneaks up on us in the fall. I’m sure your summer list looks very similar. Well, maybe number 4 looks a little different. I mean, let’s hope everyone isn’t having to worry their pretty little heads […]

  • Pausing a Chapter

    I don’t really want to say that I’m closing a chapter because I’m not quite sure how long this work hiatus is going to last.  Today is a bit of a mix of emotions because it’s hard to imagine not being in the classroom teaching kids how to solve trig equations, but I know in my heart of hearts that making my focus my family and personal health is what’s best for me.  I’m SO excited to get to become a stay at home mom, but I’m so loyal to Mill Creek it’s hard to […]

  • Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

    Mike is the researcher in our family.  I don’t want to read anything about cancer.  I feel like I just find it depressing.  I don’t know what applies to me, what is terrifying and what even makes sense.  All the medical mumbo-jumbo is hard to read, interpret, and it’s really hard to keep your spirits up when you’re reading about cancer.  Mike can sort it all out and he can relay information to me on a need to know basis.  Currently we are in a game of Whack-a-Mole.  Apparently, through all the blogs that Mike […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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